boneless tandoori chicken

mood: semiotic
listening to: front line assembly :: ghosts/heartquake

ever since i began this blog, people have been asking me to create indian dishes and there is one in particular that people have asked for. well, thanks in large part to my father-in-law, it's finally here. we started with the base recipe that he provided and amped it up with some zing! this is simple, tasty and just required a little bit of preparation, but it's guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face... especially those of you who've been asking for something like this.

2 lbs. chicken breast tenders, in halves
1 lg tub of yogurt
1/2 red onion, minced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, minced
7-8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. of salt

4 tbsp. tandoori masala powder
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. ginger root, minced
t tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. olive oil

- slice onion and cilantro and blend into puree
- combine onion/cilantro puree with yogurt, garlic, ginger, tandoor masala, paprika, turmeric, chili, olive oil and salt into large bowl
- place chicken into yogurt marinade and pierce with a fork. let chicken marinate for 5-6 hours, piercing with fork every 2 hours
- after marination, heat up the barbeque and grill chicken pieces
- serve with lemon, juiced over chicken and with rice and yogurt

the ingredients in the recipe are enough for 4 people.


aloo bhaji (batata bhaji)

mood: vituperative
listening to: blut aus nord :: epitome xvi/epitome xvii

after an eight month lag that is attributed to laziness, i'm posting a recipe from my childhood. this was such a great dish growing up and there were so many different ways to make it and all kinds of vegetables that could be added to it. i made an aloo gobi last year which had cauliflower added and this time i added some peas to add some color. it's very easy to make and to adapt to your own taste and you can eat it with naan, tortillas or just plain rice.

2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. of asafoetida
1 tbsp. of ground cumin
1 tsp. of turmeric
1 tbsp. of salt

1 tbsp. of amchoor (dried mango) powder
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp. of ground coriander
1 tsp. of mustard seeds
2 cups of frozen peas
1 tbsp. of gochugaru (korean red chili powder)

- heat oil in large skillet
- on medium heat, add mustard seeds and asafoetida and let simmer for 1 minute
- add in onion and stir until the onion becomes translucent
- add in turmeric, cumin, coriander, amchoor and mix for another minute
- add in potatoes and salt and stir then cover for 5-10 minutes
- add in gochugaru and peas and stir, then cover again for 5 minutes
- keep stirring until potatoes become slightly soft

the ingredients in the recipe are enough for 4 people.